September 27, 2007

Pacland Photo

India team member Sam Hughes has recently launched Pacland Photo. This site features some fantastic photos he has has taken on his many adventures around the globe. Its definitely worth checking out. I've tagged the site in the links menu. Check it!

September 19, 2007


The Mission

On October 15th a motley crew of international paddlers will assemble in Delhi (pop. 13 million) and head off to explore some of Northern India's better kept whitewater secrets. The idea is to spend a few days getting the team and gear together, pour over some maps, make a plan and then head north.

We are looking at traveling 250km north-east into the province of Uttaranchal which sits next to the western border of Nepal. It is here that we will look to explore and paddle some of the rivers and creeks that flow into the Ganges River. When the need is felt we will then head east across the boarder into Nepal in search of more adventure. The plan is pretty basic at the moment but that will all change once the team gets together...

The Team

Zak and I form the kiwi connection in the team. Jason 'JJ' Shepard is representing the U.S, Sam Hughes and Stephen Bates of U.K origin and Shalabh Gahault is our man on the ground in India.

Zak Shaw. NZ
Professional Adventurer!

Jason 'JJ' Shepard. USA

Sam Hughes aka. Pacman UK

Shalabh Gahault. India

Before I got the call from Sam Hughes to go on the trip my knowledge was pretty limited on India. I knew it was big and had heaps of people that ate really hot food. I also knew that they had a pretty good cricket team, but that doesn't mean much because no-one watches cricket any way.

After a little sifting on the Internet I found a few little facts of note. The 7th largest country geographically in the world it in fact boasts the 2nd largest population on the planet. Weighing in with over 1.136 billion people. That's about one-sixth of the earths population. That's a lot! The tough thing about this (depending on who you are) is that 72% of the population is male. Those odds aren't great as a guy.

getting to make my own boat.... mmm, dodgy

Preparations are going well here in Wellington. I made the trip to Taihape the other day to visit the boys at Bliss-Stick. Norm and Charles have hooked me up a brand new boat as a part of a Team deal with them so I get to take a new shiny Mystic to India and put it through its paces.

Andy creating new life...

I spent the day in the factory with Andy (builder in Chief) and got to make customise my boat. Cheers boys!

September 10, 2007

Back to the Land of the Long White Cloud

Ben Huckstep stepping up for the man challenge. 4x4 burger animal style... phoar!
The last supper (almost) for me on Californian soil

Things have chilled out a lot over the past few weeks. I have left the hustle and bustle of the States and headed back home to NZ. It has been a well come change to get back home and hang out with family and friends. The change couldn't be more obvious than getting into NZ at 5am on a scorching 3oC morning after a sweat fest in L.A in 35oC heat only 12 hours earlier.

Home sweet as home

Moving from my last few days in the chaos that is urban America with strip mall after strip mall to the farm a few irritated cows going in for a drench… How good is air travel eh!

second day in NZ and moving cattle. So long international man of mystery

I have tagged in some of the ‘other’ photos from various trips and travels over the past three months or so overseas.

I’m now in Wellington busily tapping away on the computer most days organising my up coming trip to India.

The folks 'office'

I fly out to Delhi on the 14th of October to meet our International team of boaters and then head up into northern India to search out some of the fantastic kayaking found in the area. We are looking at heading in and paddling some of the tributaries to the Ganges River.

If anyone has any bright ideas or bits of advice feel free to check them in below…. Cheer.

My days as of late have been spent booking and re-booking flights, trying to source maps, sorting, finding and begging for gear. I also trying to get a few sponsors on board as well to smooth things along a little. The interweb and email is definitely earning its keep as our team of six are currently in six different countries dotted all over the globe.

I haven’t been out in a boat since my return and am kayakless. All is not lost though because the team at Bliss-Stick have a new boat on the way for me. Go them!

Truth be known it has been great to wander around 'up right' for a while and not tucked inside a kayak.

For those who are not in NZ. The country kind of comes to a grinding halt for the next six weeks with the rugby world cup on in France. I'm doing my part up in the 'grandstand'. You'll note the beer fridge at arms length. Dangerous!